Around two dozen State troopers and other law enforcement honored the memory of one of their own Saturday morning when they attended the swearing in of Trooper Joshua Miller’s daughter into the U.S. Army.
Breana Miller, 22, had told her recruiting officer she wanted the swearing-in service to be near her father, whose remains have been in the Lacey Street Cemetery, west of Laceyville, in Wyoming County, since the late spring of 2009 when Miller died from gunshot wounds he received following a high-speed chase and a shootout in Monroe County.
Captain Jonathan G. Nederostek of the State Police’s Troop P (with barracks in the borough of Wyoming, Luzerne County) which covers Wyoming, Bradford, and Sullivan, and the northern part of Luzerne County, spoke briefly, about the honor and integrity which was synonymous with Trooper Miller’s life.
“It was quite a legacy, and we honor her commitment to also serve beyond herself,” Nederostek said.
The troop commander presented Miller with a plaque revealing her father’s original enlistment as a state trooper.
While Army Captain Dawson Quenneville, the Wilkes-Barre company commander, issued an oath Miller swore to uphold, law enforcement members stood erect and saluted both their fallen comrade and the younger Miller.
After the swearing-in, the law enforcement personnel individually acknowledged her with a salute and some also provided a hug.
She said her mom and sisters couldn’t thank them enough for “being like family to us when we needed it.”
Staff Sgt. James Pettis of the Wilkes-Barre Recruitment Center said after the service that Miller had studied a program in operating room management at Penn States’s Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, and will, in fact, be doing that kind of work in the Army.
“It was a great match,” he said.
Miller’s dad was a Marine, and Pettis said she had contemplated going into that service branch, “but the Army was frankly a better fit with her studies.”
At the time of his death, Trooper Miller was assigned to the Troop N barracks in Swiftwater.
Prior to joining the state police, Miller had served as a Tunkhannock Borough police officer from 1998 to 2002.
David Ide, Miller’s former borough police chief who was at the Saturday service but is now serving as Wyoming County Chief Detective, said, “You would never meet a finer policeman than Miller and I’m thrilled his daughter was also committed to service.”
Ide noted that next Saturday, Dec. 8, local law enforcement was planning a comedy night fund-raising benefit for the elder Miller’s family.
If you are interested in supporting it, Detective Ide said to call the
Wyoming County District Attorney’s office at 570-836-4681.